Top positive review
Should have bought one years ago. So worth the money.
January 4, 2019
It's really hard to part with nearly $1000 for a grill. No matter how much of a meat and steak aficionado you are, and how much you appreciate great food and grilling, the hefty price of a Weber is hard to swallow. That's why it took me so long to go finally buy one. After my last Char-broil rusted out despite 8-years of meticulous maintenance, I finally decided to bite the bullet and invest in a Weber. And boy am I glad I did.
1. Heats up quickly. My grill reaches 500 degrees in about 5 minutes. Maximum I've seen on my grill is about 650 degrees.
2. The extra sear burner is legit and will place beautiful grill marks on your steaks/burgers/etc
3. The side burner works great and is minimally affected by wind
4. The grill is very well made and feels very solid
5. No real hot spots, or cool zones on the grill. Very even heat distribution
2. You have to assemble it yourself... but that was really fun. Like Legos for adults.
Every piece of the grill is well engineered and feels to be made of heavy duty components. Just go to your local bigbox store that sells Weber grills and just poke around at it. They really are well made with good quality metalwork. The lid of the Genesis feels so much more substantial than the old Char-broil infrared I replaced.
My grill came in a large box, and I put the whole thing together in a little over 90 minutes. There's about 30 steps in total, and the directions are easy to follow. The only thing you will need is a screwdriver, although I found having a small socket wrench helped for some parts of the build. Weber supplies one of those disposable nut wrenches, but it's a bit painful to use.
After an initial 20 minute burnoff once the grill has been assembled, it's ready to go. The first thing i noted is that the grill heats up very quickly in comparison to my old char-broil. The heat is also very well distributed and other than the far four corners of the grill, the heat distribution around the grill was relatively even. No cool spots like my prior grills. So it didn't matter where I put the bratwursts, they all cooked evenly.
The drip pan for the excess fat that drips off your sausage or steaks worked great. The flavorizor bars, which I thought was more of a gimmick, actually does work to keep flareups to a minimum, but also to add smoky flavor to the food.
The grilling experience has been made 100x better because of better equipment. I never knew what I was missing out on, and now that I've experienced grilling with such amazing equipment, it will be very difficult to go back to using anything else than a Weber. This grill heats up faster, sears steaks like a boss, has no hot/cold zones, and the grill itself feels so much more solid and put together. My neighbor, who convinced me to buy a Weber, has an 18 year old Weber that is still going strong. Given that this new generation of Genesis grills come with a 10 yr warranty, I have no doubts that I can have my grill working for at least that long, if not longer.
The only nitpick I have with this grill is that the bars on the grates are wide. They're just a bit shy of being 1/2 inch wide, which means that it leaves 1/2 inch wide sear marks on your steaks/burgers, etc. My old grill had the typical 1/4 inch wide sear marks. Now this isn't a huge deal, but because the grill marks are so fat, it makes it darn near impossible to leave the visually appealing criss-cross sear marks on your steak... unless you're grilling really wide cuts of meat. Cooking a standard sized NY Strip results in the surface of the steak looking more like you cooked it on a cast iron skillet than a grill. I've adjusted my grilling methods to flip the steak only once (of which there are lots of proponents of this cooking method) in order to make the steaks look "pretty". Hey, presentation is equally important as taste! But despite this limitation, I still have no regrets!